Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Flying Up The Ashley

A Great Egret was flying up the Ashley River, about 90 minutes before high tide.

Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River
Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River

The water just perceptibly flowing downstream; you might think it was a pond if you just saw this scene and had no other context.

Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River
Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River

The Egret went slowly on by, gracefully headed to an unknown destination upstream.

Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River
Great Egret Flying Over Ashley River

The Ashley is tidal most of the way to its origins in the swamps of western Berkeley County.

Another Episode of “I Can Fly”

I’m not sure which one of this pair actually took the flight; it was about five minutes after this first image that I noticed that one of them was gone.

Pair of Great Blue Heron Chicks
Pair of Great Blue Heron Chicks

The one left behind definitely noticed. “Hey, where’d my brother go?”

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick

Not far as it turns out, on that first hop.

Pair of Great Blue Heron Chicks
Pair of Great Blue Heron Chicks

Oooh, that was fun!

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick

Now what do I do?

Great Blue Heron Chick
Great Blue Heron Chick

He eventually made his way to the top of this branch and took off, After circling around the back side of the island he returned to the nest, a real flight!

Three Hungry Egrets

Three Great Egret chicks worked to get food from the parent that has just returned to the nest. The chicks’ pulling on the adult’s beak stimulates regurgitation.

Great Egret with Three Chicks
Great Egret with Three Chicks

This time it didn’t seem to produce anything and the adult’s neck had an odd kink in it…maybe what he just ate wouldn’t come back.

Great Egret with Three Chicks
Great Egret with Three Chicks, watched by younger chick in the nest above

They gave it another try. If there was any food produced it was pretty small. These chicks’ beaks are nearly as big as the adult’s, and look as sharp.

Great Egret with Three Chicks
Great Egret with Three Chicks

The adult flew off leaving the chicks to chew on each other.

Three Great Egret Chicks
Three Great Egret Chicks

Great Egret Chicks: Three New Rookery Residents

Great Egret chicks are continuing to hatch around the rookery and these are three of the youngest I saw on Tuesday.

Great Egret with Chicks
Great Egret with Chicks

Clearly not very strong, these chicks were moving around and interacting with each other: poking, chewing, and leaning on each other.

Great Egret with Chicks
Great Egret with Chicks

At this age they aren’t active for very long at a time and one of them, probably the youngest, flopped over on his side well before the other two.

Great Egret with Chicks
Great Egret with Chicks

That Had to Hurt

Side by side in the nest, minding their own business, these two Great Egret chicks just couldn’t sit still any more. At least one of them couldn’t.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

First it looked like brotherly hug.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

Then, WHAM, I got you!

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks  –  zoom in to see the inside end of the wing feathers

And again!

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

Back to minding their own business. No blood in evidence.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks

I Can Fly

I’d been watching the nest with three Great Blue Heron chicks off and on for a half hour and one of the chicks was getting more adventurous.

Great Blue Heron Chicks
Great Blue Heron Chicks

The other two were content with their wingercizing but this one was thinking about the big one.

Great Blue Heron Chicks
Great Blue Heron Chicks

The other two looked on curiously, but were not interested in joining in.

Great Blue Heron Chicks
Great Blue Heron Chicks

I looked away to check out some Anhinga chick squawking and it had happened! I couldn’t spot him at first, expecting that he’d have gone to the right. Instead he had flapped up to a branch about 15 feet away.

This got his siblings’ attention and they gave him the once over when he returned to the nest a few minutes later.

Great Blue Heron Chicks
Great Blue Heron Chicks